A former Marine who stole a combat veteran’s story of valor and scammed the government
out of a house and benefits is facing 21 years in jail for his crimes, WFAA reported.
The family of Casey Owens, a Marine who lost both of his legs in 2004 when his
Humvee hit an anti-tank mine and then killed himself after a decade of
pain and fighting the Veterans Administration, tells the
station that Brandon Blackstone is no hero for what he did.
“We do so much in this country to celebrate and honor folks who risk their lives on the
battlefield,” Stevenson told me recently. “But we don’t remember that black veterans
were more likely to be attacked for their service than honored for it.” To be a soldier is to
receive training in weapons, in organizations, in tactics: the skills of self-assertion. It is
also to lay claim to the reverence that America sets aside for its former warriors. For these
reasons, the return home of black soldiers after war has infuriated
and terrified white America, setting the stage for reactionary aggression.
After a group of students at Hampshire College successfully got the American flag
removed from campus, roughly 1,000 military veterans gathered in Amherst, MA, on Sunday
to teach them a lesson with a patriotic protest. They brought plenty of flags to campus, too.
The veterans said they want the students to know the freedom they enjoy,
the same freedom that allows them to disrespect the flag, isn’t free.
We recently elected Donald Trump on the theme of change. He promised to harness the
best business minds in America and to drain the swamp of the incompetent politicians
responsible for our country’s presumed failures. On veterans issues, the President-elect
has declared that he will take care of the vets” and issued a 10-point plan — the first of
which is to “Appoint a VA Secretary whose sole purpose will be to serve
veterans [because] under a Trump Administration, the needs
of D.C. bureaucrats will no longer be placed above those of our veterans.”
If you are a wartime veteran, or a family member of a wartime veteran, you have
probably heard conflicting information regarding proposed changes to the eligibility rules
for the Aid & Attendance Pension (A&A) offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Hi Jim: I was stationed for over 6 years at Plattsburgh AFB NY. My concern is that I have
developed many autoimmune diseases and have been treated for many that I have symptoms
for, but do not test positive. I have allergies, sensitivity to solvents and inflammation
throughout my body. My mucous membranes, intestines, bones and muscles are
all affected. I have now learned that Plattsburgh AFB is highly contaminated.
What can I do?
Reply: You're correct that Plattsburgh AFB has been found to be contaminated with a number
of chemicals and it's now a "superfund site". It's unfortunate that a lot of military sites
are known to be contaminated with chemicals like TCE, a common solvent. The first thing you
must do is to establish a medical diagnosis that will label your illnesses. We can't
file claims successfully without a medical diagnosis of a named condition. Then
you must establish a medical nexus (a connection) between exposures to
chemicals and your current condition. That may require an IMO and a review of
claim with the VA. Proving a cause and effect outcome of exposure to deadly chemicals
is never simple. The burden of proving that is up to you and it can be done.
President-elect Donald J. Trump wants to keep New York’s crusading United States attorney
on board, and is reportedly eyeing the professional wrestling impresario Linda
McMahon for the Small Business Administration.
And a new name has popped up to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs:
Among all the various things Donald Trump promised on the trail, few will be more central
to the argument that his Administration has succeeded or failed than whether he can
say, four years from now, that he made meaningful improvements in our system of
veterans’ healthcare. The VA healthcare system has been a scandalous failure
under President Obama, a failure that is mostly not Obama’s doing
(most of its causes predate him) but against which he’s made little headway.
Palin has no obvious qualifications for the Veterans Affairs job. If appointed and confirmed,
she would be the first non-veteran to head VA. Yes, she is the mother of a veteran: Her
son Track did a tour of duty in Iraq. But it’s unlikely that would be cited very often as a
credential, since Track has had a troubled life since returning to Alaska; indeed, he was
arrested on assault and possession of firearms while intoxicated charges subsequent to
an alleged domestic-violence incident the very day his mom went to Iowa to endorse Trump.
The chairman of Tennessee’s American Legion Legislative Committee says he plans on
pushing for change after seeing the results of our Community Watchdog investigation into
VA discipline. “I was horrified,” Bob Hensley said after learning three
employees substantiated for abuse kept their jobs. “I found it very disturbing.”
Dear President-elect Trump, When you take office, you'll inherit a Department of Veterans
Affairs with serious systemic challenges. There are insurmountable medical
appointment wait times, despite receiving more than $10 billion for the Veteran Choice program.
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After 17 years working as a registered nurse in the Tucson VA system, Diane
Suter says she was taken aback when a manager first pressured
her to falsely record patient wait times in 2014.
Veterans’ benefits claims may go undecided for more than a year, an unimaginably
difficult year for those who haven’t experienced it. Our newly elected government leaders
should address how the VA can better care for our veterans.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs signs five-year deal with San
Francisco-based Flow Health to apply AI in making care plans personalized.
With Congress continuing to consider various plans to reform the VA, the department has
said that its own initiative, called MyVA, is producing measurable improvements for both
veterans and the department’s own employees. A report cited improvements since 2014
including in: the level of trust veterans have in the VA; the number of appointments
completed; the processing time and accuracy of disability claims;
wait times; veterans homelessness; and quality of care.
A strong candidate for the job who is currently being considered for Secretary of Veterans
Affairs is former Senator Scott Brown. American Thinker
interviewed him and some veterans about what issues need to be tackled.
Incremental change doesn’t seem to be working to turn around the Department of
Veterans Affairs. We’ve editorialized on such a variety of malfeasance, mismanagement
and mayhem within the vast federal bureaucracy that we’re
beginning to lose hope that the ship can be righted without massive overhaul.
"I'm John Tombs. I'm sitting here outside Alvin C. York VA where earlier today i was
discharged for a trivial reason," Toombs said in the video. "They knew the extent of my
problems, PTSD, depression, all that, even more."
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An Atlanta-based whistleblower who helped expose failures in the VA’s national
health enrollment system called on President-elect Trump
to appoint a strong executive to fix the troubled agency.
Florida Marine widow Tara Craver drove 900 miles to make a point. Standing outside
the Veteran's Administration in downtown Louisville on Thursday morning, she
waved signs alongside her sister reading, "VA Denies Camp Lejeune Claims."
President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t finalized his pick to become Veterans Affairs secretary,
but his choice of advisers indicates a radical overhaul to veterans’ health care is in the works.
Changes at VA could have long-reaching effects on the national debate
surrounding the size of federal bureaucracies and the public’s
responsibility for the long-term wounds of war.
South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R) is blasting the VA for still refusing to pay for
emergency care for veterans at non-VA medical facilities. In his U.S. Senate floor
speech on Wednesday, Rounds highlighted the case of 90-year-old Korean War Veteran
Alfred Dimmick of Rapid City. He said Dimmick was twice taken to non-VA facilities for
possible heart attacks, because emergency responders didn't want to take a chance with
the longer drive to a VA facility. Rounds said Dimmick still
owes thousands of dollars because the VA refuses to cover the bills.
"Trump's candidacy has exposed, not just that tragic-that ramifications of the betrayal of
a transformation of our country," Sarah Palin said during her endorsement of Donald
Trump, "but, two, he has exposed the complicity on both sides of the aisle that has enabled it, okay?"
If that passage doesn't make sense to you, you're not alone.
A bill introduced by Rep. Dan Newhouse and Derek Kilmer would force
the Veterans Health Administration to move forward with fixes to its mismanagement issues.
The slogan: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” has never been more true.
On May 3, 2016, the BMJ medical journal issued a report showing that “medical errors”
at hospitals and other healthcare facilities are the third leading cause of death in the
United States.  In 2013 alone, medical malpractice accounted for 251,000,000 deaths
(over seven times the deaths caused by firearms that same year). That’s 27,000 more
deaths than from the fourth, fifth, and sixth leading causes combined. If this is surprising
to you, it’s not to the researchers and members of the medical community, who have
been monitoring this problem for well over a decade. The alarming evidence medical
malpractice deaths came to light as recently as 1999. That year, a report from the
Institutes of Medicine (IOM) labeled preventable medical errors an “epidemic.”
At the time, the IOM estimated medical malpractice accounted for up to 98,000 deaths per year.
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